“Ansar Allah”Violtions Threaten Relief Activity In Yemen

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Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) looked at media reports that talked about the closure of the headquarters of the international Relief Organization by Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a after storming and confiscating its contents and arresting two of its officials.

PFIF consider with great concern the arrest of Acting Director of Yemen for “Severworld”,  Awfi Al-Nu’ami and Director of Programs, Hassan Al-Qawtari, and we consider their detention as an unacceptable violation of human rights.

Last Friday, the international organization “Severworld” reflected the serious situation that seriously threatens the continuation of relief activities in Yemen, in light of the continuous deterioration of humanitarian conditions in Yemen.

Paris Institute calls on all conflicting parties in Yemen to take into account the severe humanitarian situation of the country’s civilians and their urgent need for assistance by facilitating and not obstructing the work of international organizations.

These parties must also commit themselves to reaching a political solution to the conflict in Yemen  to avoid the humanitarian risks threatening millions of its inhabitants under warnings of mass famine.

Severworld is an independent, international organization working to prevent conflict and build a safe life in troubled countries. It is active in the Middle East, North and East Africa and Central and South Asia, according to its website.

Severworld has been working with Yemeni civil society organizations since 2010 and is active in supporting groups of women, youth and the community in their peace building and war response efforts.

Yemen is suffering from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, triggered by the outbreak of war in 2015 that killed thousands of civilians and 80 percent of the population needs medical and relief assistance.

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